Midwinter Meeting

ALA announces Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovator Cohort grant opportunity

Public libraries invited to apply by March 6 to receive $8,000 grant and 18 months of professional development in community engagement

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is accepting applications for the Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort, an 18-month, team-based professional development opportunity for public libraries, developed by ALA and the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation.

Bundle Registration for 2015 Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference open Sept. 9-30

CHICAGO — Bundle Registration for 2015 Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference is now open at http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/bundle. Bundling the registration for both conferences saves up to $130, and offers the opportunity to book housing for Midwinter immediately. The conversation starts Jan. 30 - Feb. 3, 2015 in Chicago at ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits and continues at ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, June 25-30.

Free recordings of popular sessions from 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO – Recordings of a select group of sessions from 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting are being made freely available to allow ALA members and others to enjoy, learn, discover or revisit speakers and other events from the Philadelphia meeting. No login is required to watch and listen to these Midwinter Meeting recordings.

ALA urges open access to government websites during government shutdowns

CHICAGO — At its Midwinter Meeting & Exhibitions in Philadelphia, the American Library Association (ALA) Council, passed a resolution calling for open access to essential information on public websites in the event of a government shutdown.

ALA adopts resolution urging Congress to extend whistle-blower protections

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has adopted a resolution urging Congress to extend legal protections for whistle-blowers to employees of all national security and intelligence agencies, as well as non-federal  employees working for civilian contractors.

ALA calls for passage, signing of the USA Freedom Act

CHICAGO — At the American Library Associations’s recent Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia, the ALA Council passed a resolution calling upon Congress to pass — and the president to sign — legislation supporting the reforms embodied in the USA Freedom Act.

Patricia Glass Schuman named lifelong member of United for Libraries board

PHILADELPHIA  At the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, the board of United for Libraries voted unanimously to present past ALA President Patricia Glass Schuman with life membership on its board in honor of her many accomplishments and contributions to libraries both nationally and internationally throughout her career.  Her official position will be Board Member at Large.

BCALA announces winners of 2014 Literary Awards

PHILADELPHIA — The Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc. (BCALA) announced the winners of the 2014 BCALA Literary Awards during the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association in Philadelphia. The awards recognize excellence in adult fiction and nonfiction by African American authors published in 2013, including an award for Best Poetry and a citation for Outstanding Contribution to Publishing. The recipients will receive the awards during the 2014 Annual Conference of the American Library Association in Las Vegas.

ALA Council approves new Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Council, at a Tuesday session during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, approved the new Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity.

The award, which ALA intends to present at its Annual Conference in Las Vegas, recognizes a librarian who “has faced adversity with integrity and dignity intact.” It will be given annually to a deserving librarian. If a suitable candidate is not found, the award will not be presented that year.

Yuyi Morales y Meg Medina ganan premios Pura Belpré

FILADELFIA — Yuyi Morales, ilustradora de “Niño Wrestles the World” y Meg Medina, autora de  “Yaqui Delgado Wantsto Kick Your Ass,” fueron seleccionadas como las ganadoras del Premio por Ilustración Pura Belpré 2014, y el Premio al Autor Pura Belpré 2014 respectivamente. La distinción rinde homenaje a los escritores e ilustradores hispanos cuyas obras constituyen el mejor reflejo, afirmación y celebración de la experiencia cultural hispana en la literatura infantil.

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